- Helen Zille has taken Julius Malema and the EFF's side in their legal matter, which sees SANEF accusing them of mobilising supporters against journalists
- The former Democratic Alliance leader has set politics aside to point out Malema had specifically urged followers not to use violence against the media
- This comes as the matter is heard by courts, with SANEF insisting that Malema had intended the harm they claim has befallen reporters
Helen Zille, who has joined the Institute of Race Relations as a policy fellow, has come out in support of Economic Freedom Fighter boss, Julius Malema.
In a recent column for News24, the former premier argued that should the SA National Editors Forum succeed in their case against the Red Berets, it would essentially curtail media freedom.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that SANEF had headed to court, “in defence of media freedom and seeking protection of journalists against sustained intimidation and threats against journalists by EFF leader Julius Malema and his supporters”.
Zille had noted that the case saw journalists were claiming their right to freedom of speech while attempting the political party from doing the same:
“Given that SANEF and almost all the journalists who have brought the case are active commentating participants in day-to-day politics, rather than mere neutral observers, do they expect to be immune from blow-back?”
The former Western Cape leader had pointed out that Malema had urged his followers not to resort to violence:
“Quoted in full context, Malema’s remarks, on which the case is primarily based, show that he specifically urged his followers not to use violence against journalists. A little bit of context, I have found, makes a lot of difference."
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